Bigger deal in works between Phoenix and Philly?

March, 3, 2009

We're about to go to bed now, puckheads -- early start in the morning! -- but one last update on Derek Morris. We're told the Coyotes doubled back and checked in again with Boston, Philadelphia and Washington tonight before deciding which deal to make tomorrow.

It was interesting, by the way, that Martin Biron did not start for the Flyers in Tuesday's win at Boston; Antero Niittymaki was in net in the win for Philadelphia. Biron has a no-trade clause and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

ESPN colleague E.J. Hradek e-mailed us tonight with a rumor he heard involving a bigger deal between the Flyers and Coyotes -- Morris and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov going to Philly in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Scottie Upshall and Biron.

Meanwhile, with Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle likely moving off the trade market after getting injured tonight, the trade stock improves for a guy like Ottawa's Filip Kuba. Kuba's agent, Rich Evans, and Sens GM Bryan Murray were slated to talk contract again after Ottawa's game tonight to try to close the gap on an extension. But if they can't, Kuba likely would waive his no-trade clause tomorrow and allow Murray to deal him to a playoff-bound team.

Good night!

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer


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